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Ashton Kutcher tweets mindbending image of himself with Steve Jobs -- Photo

31 January 2013 11:48 AM, PST

Ready to have your mind blown? Check out this half Ashton Kutcher/half Steve Jobs image that Kutcher just uploaded to his Twitter, along with the message, “Thank you Sundance for your support of Jobs.”

Kutcher portrays the tech giant in the film jOBS, which premiered at Sundance last week and will be released in theaters April 19. EW’s Owen Gleiberman says of the film: “Watching jOBS, with its basic warts-and-all accuracy and unsweetened, killer-shrewd performance by Ashton Kutcher (who was obviously cast because he looks like Jobs, but who bites into the role with his incisors), I was surprised, »

- Erin Strecker

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'Girls Against Boys' director Austin Chick talks about his shocking (yet surprisingly mom-friendly) revenge thriller

31 January 2013 9:58 AM, PST

In the new revenge thriller Girls Against Boys, two twentysomething New Yorkers, played by Danielle Panabaker (The Ward, Piranha 3Dd) and Nicole Laliberte, go on a very gruesome killing spree when Panabaker’s character is attacked following a night of clubbing. In short, you might think the result would not be your mother’s cup of Earl Grey — but you would be wrong.

“The reaction that’s been somewhat surprising is that women, especially middle-aged women, seem to like it a lot more than they expect to,” says the film’s writer-director Austin Chick (Xx/Xy, August). “A lot of »

- Clark Collis

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What we learned from the new 'Star Trek' featurette: almost nothing

31 January 2013 8:12 AM, PST

Leave it to J.J. Abrams to release a behind-the-scenes featurette of his new movie that contains basically no new footage and yet is still totally compelling.

In a just-released behind-the-scenes look at Star Trek Into Darkness, director and crew chat about the making-of the sequel in between video clips mostly pulled from the previous trailers. It has the effect of: a) showing you very little new information while also b) reminding you how nice it is to hear Abrams & Co. talk appreciatively about the Enterprise & Co. A play-by-play:

“The goal for this movie was definitely to up the ante as much as we could, »

- Adam Carlson

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'Somebody Up There Likes Me' trailer: The indie ballad of Ron Swanson

31 January 2013 7:50 AM, PST

No, writer/director Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me doesn’t have anything to do with the 1956 Paul Newman sports drama that shares its name. It does, however, star a bearded Nick Offerman (of Parks and Recreation fame) as a jaded waiter who cautions his young protegee (Keith Poulson) not to jump headfirst into marriage with a co-worker (Jess Weixler). The kid, naturally, doesn’t listen.

The Hollywood Reporter likened the movie to “a Todd Solondz film directed by Wes Anderson” last summer, and from the trailer, it’s easy to see what that reviewer meant. The whole »

- Hillary Busis

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'Iron Man 3': A glimpse of Marvel's upcoming Super Bowl trailer

30 January 2013 7:38 PM, PST

Try a little Iron Man 3 sampler! It’s only 10 seconds, not counting the titles at the end (and seems awfully familiar) but that has to be enough to hold you over until Sunday, when Marvel Studios will unleash the full version of its new spot for the May 3 film.

Meanwhile, if you need a little more Iron in your system, click on through to see a new poster for the film, and have a look at the series of stories EW’s own Geoff Boucher has been posting about the film all week.

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- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Net: Bradley Cooper in high demand; Plus Jessica Chastain, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and more

30 January 2013 7:08 PM, PST

• Warner Bros. has acquired The Man From Primrose Lane with the intent of developing it into a feature for Bradley Cooper. Chad Feehan (Paranormal Activity 4) will write the screenplay based on James Renner’s novel about a true crime writer who decides to investigate the mysterious murder of a mitten-wearing, West Akron, Ohio recluse. [Deadline]

Bradley Cooper is also currently in discussions to re-team with Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) for his next project, tentatively called Chef and described as a “culinary comedy” about a disgraced Paris-based chef attempting to stage a comeback in London. Cooper can be seen alongside Eva Mendes »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'Paperman': Check out Disney's beautiful, Oscar-nominated short film -- Video

30 January 2013 3:46 PM, PST

Disney just posted its Oscar-nominated animated short Paperman online. The film, which played ahead of Wreck-It Ralph in theaters, is a unique blend of hand-drawn and digital animation. It’s also just a plain old eyepopping delight, with surprises I wouldn’t dare spoil for you, except to say you really need to take 6 and a half minutes to watch it now. It’s the first directorial outing for John Kahrs, who previously worked as an animator on Bolt, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and Toy Story 2. Convinced? Now just watch it already:

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- Darren Franich

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'Easy A' director Will Gluck in talks to helm 'Annie' remake with music by Jay-z

30 January 2013 3:08 PM, PST

Will Gluck , writer-director of Easy A and Friends with Benefits, is in negotiations to helm Sony’s film adaptation of 1977 Broadway musical Annie, EW has confirmed. The project will be Gluck’s fourth movie for the studio. He is also expected to revise the screenplay for the new film version of Annie, which was written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).

“At the helm of Annie, will bring to this film all the charm of the original Broadway production while also appealing to a new generation,” Doug Belgrad, president of Sony’s Columbia Pictures, »

- Emily Rome

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Sing along with Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael in first 'Ass Backwards' clip -- Exclusive Video

30 January 2013 12:20 PM, PST

Who says a buddy road trip comedy is reserved for the boys’ club? In Ass Backwards, which premiered at a Sundance Midnight screening last week, Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael star as two best friends who leave New York to compete in a pageant in their hometown. Obviously, hilarity and roadtrip sing alongs, like the one in the clip below, ensue. EW spoke with writers and stars Wilson and Raphael about the film, which is based on an actual road trip the real life friends took just after college.

“Spirits are very high even though we’ve just been evicted out of our apartment, »

- Laura Hertzfeld

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Twas a dark and stormy night: 'The Place Beyond the Pines' debuts new poster

30 January 2013 10:33 AM, PST

It’s hard for a movie poster to be anything but pretty when it features the faces of Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling, and Bradley Cooper, but somehow, the new poster for The Place Beyond the Pines achieves an impressive-yet-appropriate level of gloominess (while still being pretty).

The Place Beyond the Pines, the next film from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt rider who turns to a life of crime (specifically bank robbing) to provide for his baby mama, played by Eva Mendes. Meanwhile, Cooper and his blue eyes are lurking around every corner with his »

- Samantha Highfill

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Robert Downey Jr. thinks Ben Kingsley may steal 'Iron Man 3' -- Exclusive interview (part 3 of 5)

30 January 2013 10:23 AM, PST

Ask a young moviegoer to name a larger-than-life genius played by Robert Downey Jr. and they’ll probably name Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes. The actor himself, however, might cite Charlie Chaplin. Downey earned his first Oscar nomination for channeling the Litttle Tramp in Chaplin (1992), which was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough, the esteemed British actor and filmmaker who today, at age 89, still presides over the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

The actor’s affection for Attenborough as a mentor gives him common ground with Ben Kingsley, who portrays the nefarious terrorist the Mandarin in Iron Man 3 (opening May 3). Kingsley, »

- Geoff Boucher

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'He's Just Not That Into You' director developing movie about cult rock band The Shaggs

30 January 2013 10:02 AM, PST

Director Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) and writer Joy Gregory (Switched at Birth) have announced they are developing a movie version of the latter’s stage musical, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, which details the strange story of the titular, all-girl ’60s rock band.

The New Hampshire band were a trio of sisters whose musical efforts were masterminded by their father and who recorded just one studio album, 1969′s crude and bizarre Philosophy of the World. Over time the Shaggs would come to be admired and acclaimed by such notable fans as Frank Zappa and Kurt Cobain. »

- Clark Collis

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Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's comedy 'The Heat' pushed back to June

30 January 2013 9:43 AM, PST

You’re going to have to wait a little longer for the Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy buddy comedy The Heat. The movie’s release date has been changed from April 5 to June 28, EW has confirmed.

In the movie, McCarthy stars as a freewheeling FBI agent and Bullock plays her more serious co-worker. The film is directed by BridesmaidsPaul Feig and written by  Parks and Recreation scribe Katie Dippold.

If you can’t wait to get your McCarthy fix, she also stars in Identity Thief with Jason Bateman, which opens Feb. 8.

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Fox Searchlight to release Danny Boyle’s Trance in April

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- Sarah Caldwell

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Yes Virginia, there will be an 'Entourage' movie

30 January 2013 9:19 AM, PST

When Entourage aired its series finale back in September 2011 after eight seasons of cameo-happy fratboy decadence, it concluded on a dramatic note of ambiguity. Ari Gold promised his wife he would leave Hollywood behind, but in the episode’s closing moments, he was offered his dream job: Becoming CEO of Time Warner. Apparently, he took the offer. EW has confirmed the news, originally reported by Deadline, that Warner Bros. has greenlit an Entourage movie, with the show’s creator Doug Ellin writing and directing the film. Warner Bros. confirmed the Deadline report, which indicates that negotiations are currently underway with the show’s cast, »

- Darren Franich

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'Muppets... Again': Ricky Gervais has a frog in his coat -- Photo

30 January 2013 8:12 AM, PST

Watch out Miss Piggy! In the new Muppets sequel, Muppets… Again! (shooting now in London), funnyman Ricky Gervais plays the evil sidekick to the main villain, Constantine. This morning Gervais tweeted this photo of himself grabbing Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog under his coat (we can only assume he is holding them hostage).

“Twitter Exclusive: First look at Ricky Gervais' Muppet Movie..”

Please Rt. http://t.co/69EUIQnh— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 30, 2013

Click here to check out Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive photo from the upcoming movie and an amazing interview with Kermit the Frog himself.

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- Sarah Caldwell

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Barbra Streisand to perform at Oscars

30 January 2013 7:05 AM, PST

Hello, gorgeous.

Though Barbra Streisand has won two Academy Awards, she’s only performed at the ceremony once — nearly four decades ago. But today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed that Streisand will sing at this year’s Oscars telecast. “In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music, how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand?” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years. »

- Hillary Busis

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A first look at the Muppets sequel, 'Muppets...Again!' -- Exclusive

30 January 2013 6:00 AM, PST

Cue Kermit’s patented arm-flailing “Yaaaaaay!” Following their successful return to the pop culture spotlight with 2011’s The Muppets, Kermit the FrogMiss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and the rest of the gang are heading back to the big screen. The Muppets…Again!, currently shooting in London and due in theaters March 21, 2014, finds the Muppet repertory company enjoying a triumphant world tour, only to become tangled up with a criminal mastermind named Constantine, who is out to steal an enormous diamond—and who happens to be a dead ringer for Kermit. “I always loved those classic jewel-heist capers from the ’60s and ’70s, »

- Josh Rottenberg

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Casting Net: Eva Green to star in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'; Plus David Cronenberg, Felicity Jones, Sean Penn

29 January 2013 5:51 PM, PST

Eva Green (Casino Royale) has signed on to star as Ava Lord in Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In a press release announcing the news, Rodriquez and Miller said “Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City.  From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green.” Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will also join the large cast as a stripper named Marcy. Rodriguez and Miller »

- Lindsey Bahr

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AIDS doc 'How to Survive a Plague' aims for Oscar

29 January 2013 5:30 PM, PST

“If you think you know the story of AIDS—and everybody thinks they know the story of AIDS—this movie will be a surprise.” That’s what David France, director of the documentary How to Survive a Plague, tells audiences before they see his film. And that’s what he’s telling as many Academy members as possible between now and February 24, when he’ll find out if How to Survive a Plague wins the Oscar for best documentary.

“It’s taken us a while after last year’s premiere to get the word out that this isn’t the story you think it is, »

- Jon Barrett

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MGM snags rights to British writer Jojo Moyes' bestselling novel 'Me Before You'

29 January 2013 4:10 PM, PST

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, continuing efforts to ramp up its slate, has grabbed the feature film rights to British writer Jojo Moyes’ bestselling novel Me Before You, the studio announced Tuesday.

The book follows a small-town girl named Lou caught between dead-end jobs, according to an MGM press release, and a high-profile guy named Will who becomes wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will, despondent about his situation, is paired with Lou as his new caretaker, and they affect each other’s lives.

A The New York Times bestseller, the novel has sold more than 500,000 copies, and has been translated into 31 languages.

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- Solvej Schou

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